April 2016

The Society’s committees have been working on a number of Scottish Parliament and UK Parliament Bills and consultations including the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill, Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill and Mandatory Pay Gap Reporting.

Key areas are highlighted below. For more information see the law reform section of the website.

Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting

The Equalities Law Committee responded to a UK Government consultation on draft regulations intended to increase transparency around the differences in pay between men and women.

The Society believes that the regulations should include provisions requiring those organisations which identify a gender pay gap to set out a plan of action to remedy the gap and also recommended that that the definition of a ‘relevant employer’ should be widened to include more businesses and the definition of ‘pay’ should include deferred remuneration and overtime.

The Law Society’s full consultation response can be found on the website.